A recent Newsweek article discussed the state of website passwords and asked the question “how do you build a better password?” What we learned is that the majority of accepted password methods, used on various websites, add a lot of complexity but not more security. Many people make common mistakes when selecting a password, and could …

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Several years ago software that monitored employee use of the Internet was big news. We heard how thousands of workers, on company time, visited pornographic sites, downloaded music and videos or just spent inordinate amounts of time surfing the web. Sexual harassment cases and lawsuits came up when folks saw offensive materials on their co-workers …

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Ever wondered what the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is doing to protect government networks and what you can do too? Government networks are some of the most highly targeted sites by cyber terrorists. They come under attack hundreds of times per year. To protect government assets DHS uses a network flow monitoring system called …

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A 367-page report prepared by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and released November 2009, details cyber attacks targeting the United States. During 2008 there were 54,640 total cyber attacks against the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) according to the report, citing data provided by U.S. Strategic Command officials. The number of instances significantly …

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  Huh? That was probably your reaction when you read the title. What do the H1N1 virus, called swine flu, and Michael Jackson have to do with network security? I’m glad you asked. One of the methods increasingly used by cyber criminals to infect, hi-jack and ransom user’s data are malicious websites promoted via search …

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Effective December 1, 2009 the FTC ruling, “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” takes effect.  Essentially this ruling was directed towards online media and specifically blogging and aims to provide the same type of consumer protection found in traditional advertising media. If a company or its advertising agency provides a blogger …

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the governing body that is a steward for the Internet domain naming conventions, announced in October that they will expand the domain name system (DNS) to include non-Latin characters (non- English) for the first time. So in addition to English domain names, starting in 2010 there …

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This blog is one in a series of blog postings regarding a review of legislation currently before the US Congress. It should be noted that there is a re-write of the bill however, as of this writing, that version is not posted in either the Library of Congress or the Government Printing Office websites. Mention …

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This was the headline after the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Janet Napolitano, said the concept of a cabinet-level IT position for cyber security was overkill. Secretary Napolitano noted that IT networks and services underlie most operations today, therefore all we need is for citizens to be more careful when they are …

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